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Foreign Minister’s Meeting with Members of Conservative Party at Breakfast Hosted by Baroness Syeda Warsi

Islamabad: Foreign Minister Ms Hina Rabbani Khar said that UK and Pakistan have special bonds. Our bilateral relations she mentioned are consistent and based on mutual respect. There are institutional linkages she said between the two countries which have greatly facilitated in understanding each others’ point of view on various matters. She specifically quoted the statement given by the British Prime Minister during his visit to Pakistan which she said gave a great boost to the bilateral ties.

Prime Minister Cameroon had described the Pakistan-UK relations as an unbreakable friendship. The Foreign Minister was talking to Baroness Syeda Warsi and selected members of the Conservative Party here at the Parliament House here this morning. The Minister described her visit to UK and interaction with the British Officials as very constructive and fruitful.

She mentioned that talks on trade and investment prospects were quite encouraging. While deliberating upon the regional security situation the Minister said that wants peace and stability in Afghanistan and is making efforts to minimise the spill over of instability in that country. In the context of conflict resolution the Minister emphasised that the international principles as prescribed in the UN Charter should be respected at all times while dealing with crisis.

She also stressed upon positive messaging to create better understanding among coalition partners and stakeholders of any problem to ensure peace and stability. The Minister also briefed the delegation about the internal political and socio-economic conditions in Pakistan.

The positive aspect of the developments in Pakistan she said is that Democracy has taken roots. She however mentioned that Pakistan presently is confronted with two main challenges and these are energy crisis and the image abroad. These challenges she said are also impacting the Pakistani Diaspora in different parts of the world. Baroness Warsi and the delegation thanked the Minister for explaining the perspective of Pakistan on various national, regional and international issues.

They proposed that the positives about Pakistan should be highlighted like the contribution of Pakistanis in various fields in different part of the world. They also asked for promotion of Pakistani culture and handicrafts. The meeting was attended by the High Commissioner of Pakistan in UK Mr Wajid Shamsul Hassan and senior officials of the government of Pakistan.

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